Refurbishment Works St. Johns Shopping Centre Liverpool

The Client

St Johns Shopping Centre is Liverpool's largest covered shopping centre. The centre was designed by architect James A. Roberts and originally opened in 1969. In March 2013 the centre was acquired by InfraRed Capital Partners for £76.5 million. The centres last previous major refurbishment was in 1989 making modernisation essential.

In 2014 William Coates where appointed as GRAHAM Interior Fit Out’s supply chain partner to complete the centre’s refurbishment on behalf of InfraRed Capital Partners & Hark Group.


Situated in the heart of the city, St Johns Shopping Centre boasts more than 100 retailers over 34,000 sq metres attracting 14 million visitors per year.

The refurbishment project involved works to all areas within the centre including new entrances, mall upgrades and a new food court.

Overall construction value on this project was £10.0m.


The project was delivered in 3 phases:

Phase 1 involved the M&E works associated with the upgrading of Food Court including new lighting installations and redevelopment of the food court toilets. The food court remained open throughout its redevelopment and today houses major restaurateurs including McDonalds, KFC, Subway and Chopstix.

Phase 2 involved M&E works associated with the refurbishment of the Market Hall Roof & Houghton St Entrance including a major lighting upgrade.

Phase 3 involved an extensive mall refurbishment including upgrade MEP services. The majority of works were completed on night shift ensuring that the centre remained fully operational during opening hours.


The location and nature of the works meant that phased implementation was required, as the shopping centres to remain operational throughout the entire programme. This multi million poundrefurbishment was successfully handed over on time on budget.

The Quotes

Keith Butcher, director real estate at InfraRed, said: “We acquired Clayton Square in April 2013 and are delighted to have delivered our ambitious plans to transform and regenerate a tired and failing 1980s shopping centre into a vibrant mixed-use ‘high street’ development”

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